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The biggest surprises in Amazon’s 'Lord of the Rings' series

The first season of the series will premiere this year. It will have eight episodes, two of them by the Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona.

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The new series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power produced by Amazon Prime Video is inspired by the well-known film saga The Lord of the Rings directed by Peter Jackson. The New Zealander native confirmed he is not involved in the new TV production.

The streaming platform announced in a statement that this prequel is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It will reportedly bring together all the stories: from the forging of the rings, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the legend of Numenor and the Last Alliance of elves and men.

Fans of the trilogy can look forward to exciting new aspects of the production, for example, the existence of more than one unique ring. This is one of the differences between the story in the series and the one told in the movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien's books. 

To generate even more hype — if possible — with the fans of the trilogy, Amazon Prime Video has recently released a video announcement. Meanwhile, a teaser trailer will premiere during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 13.

Some of the actors and actress on the cast are: Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman, Markella Kavenagh, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Joseph Mawle, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Charlie Vickers, and Sara Zwangobani.

The public can already check out some of the characters' posters on social media, which reveal only their hands and torsos.

Available on Amazon Prime Video

This first season was filmed entirely in New Zealand and will premiere on Sept. 2. It consists of a total of eight episodes, two directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. The Spanish filmmaker, 2017 winner of the Goya for Best New Director, and director of other movies such as The Orphanage, A Monster Comes to See Me and Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom, is working on the Amazon Prime production along with the U.K.'s Wayne Che Yip and the Sweden's Charlotte Brändström. He will be co-producing the series alongside Spanish Goya-winner Belén Atienza.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will air in more than 200 countries and in several languages. The streaming platform announced that the public will enjoy a new hour-long episode every Friday.

Production of the second season will move from New Zealand to the United Kingdom in 2022. 

Amazon Prime Video has not yet confirmed if the new series will have more than two seasons. The followers of the trilogy are expecting news with fingers crossed.

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